Student ambassadors selected to represent the science of agriculture

Dec 04, 2012

Above: The 2013 Ag Ambassadors (from top) Kelsey Zook, Samantha Anne King, and Kayla Romberger

Delaware Valley College has named three students as 2013 ambassadors for Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

The College created the Ag Ambassadors program, which is in its 20th year, to help educate the community about the importance of agriculture and the food system, encourage youth to consider careers in the field, and to highlight how agriculture will help solve the many challenges of a growing planet.

Each of the Ag Ambassadors brings a passion for education and life experiences that make her a great advocate for the College, her major and the opportunities in agriculture.  Each ambassador will receive a $1000 scholarship.

Samantha Anne King ’15, a zoo science major from Ellington, Conn.; Kelsey Zook ’15, a livestock science and management major from Oley, Pa.; and Kayla Romberger ’15, a livestock science and management major from Pitman, Pa., have been selected as the new ambassadors.

They will represent the College at campus and public events, meet with industry leaders, public officials, and high school students, and participate in state sponsored events such as the opening ceremony of the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

A team of faculty selected the students out of a large pool of applicants based on academic performance, leadership qualities, citizenship experiences, and knowledge of the industry.

This leadership role will teach the ambassadors how to be a strong voice for their field.

Zook, who transferred to DelVal from Penn State for the small school feel, plans to either go to vet school or work in public relations for a large agriculture company after she graduates.

“Transferring was definitely the best choice I could’ve made,” said Zook.

On campus, she is a member of the field hockey team and Collegiate Future Farmers of America.

She’s looking forward to the program.

“I’m looking forward to going to events, meeting people I wouldn’t get to meet otherwise,” said Zook.

She is also looking forward to getting young people interested in careers in agriculture.

“I think a lot of people don’t know enough about agriculture and the food system,” said Zook. “I will be talking to high school students who already want to study the science of agriculture and those who might not have thought about it as a possibility. This is a way for me to help educate the community about what is available because a lot of people don’t know about the opportunities.”

King was attracted to DelVal because of the academic programs.

“I came here from Connecticut for the Agriculture and Environmental Science program,” said King. “I’m looking into early admission to veterinary school so I can pursue my career goal of being a wildlife or exotic veterinarian.”

As an ambassador, she is looking forward to letting people know about the academic programs and learning opportunities at DelVal.

“I fell in love with the school, I just love walking around the campus and seeing all the different majors and how hardworking the students are,” said King. “I’m looking forward to letting people know about DelVal and the special programs it offers.”

Romberger said agriculture is near and dear to her heart.

“I love DelVal,” said Romberger. “My sister and my dad went here, it is kind of a family tradition.”

She’s involved in: Dairy Society, Block and Bridle, Future Farmers of America, Sigma Alpha, and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

She wants to educate the public about all the exciting career paths in agriculture through her work as an ambassador.

“I want to teach people about what agriculture is and just get the public aware of the purpose of agriculture and why it is so important,” said Romberger.